Posted: Jul 6, 2012 5:57 PM
Source: Associated Press
SLIDELL - The Navy has awarded a $212 million contract for a Textron Inc. facility in Slidell to design and build an amphibious landing craft called a "Ship-to-Shore Connector."
Sen. Mary Landrieu's office said the contract announced Friday includes options that could make it worth as much as $570 million.
Landrieu's office says Textron will build a boat with a 30-year service life capable of carrying a 74-ton payload and traveling at speeds of more than 35 knots.